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© St. Petersburg Times, published March 9, 2001
Mayor changes mind, will seek re-election
MIAMI -- Miami Mayor Joe Carollo, who faces a domestic violence charge for allegedly throwing a hard object at his wife last month, will run for re-election.
Shortly after his wife, Maria Ledon Carollo, filed for divorce in November, the mayor said he would not seek re-election. However, he said Tuesday, progress during his four years in office helped him change his mind.
"There are more growth and investors in the city today that in its entire history. Taxes are at their lowest in 30 years, and the crime rate is its lowest since the mid 1960s," he said.
Carollo would not say whether he would leave the race if found guilty in the misdemeanor battery case, but he said he doesn't think it will cost him victory.
Three officers disciplined over misplaced cruiser
PENSACOLA -- Three police officers were disciplined Thursday for the disappearance of a patrol car that sat in a church parking lot for a year and a half.
Sgt. Greg Moody checked out the cruiser for a weekend function at St. Mary's Roman Catholic Church in 1999 but never returned it. He was fined $450 -- three days' pay -- and two other officers received letters of reprimand.
Moody left the car parked at the church, which is outside the city, to serve as a crime deterrent.
Reprimands went to Officer Brian Barton, who coordinated the department's vehicles, for failing to notice the car was missing, and Lt. Steve Ordonia, for never asking why the cruiser was parked so long at the church he attends.
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